The Gamification of Dieting for Better Health

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Let's face it. The typical video game aficionado isn't usually a health nut. Sit around, munch on snacks, drink soda, and try to make it to the next level in the game. That might be a gamer-stereotype. But it's pretty similar to most Americans who don't get enough exercise and eat more junk food than healthy food.

It's one reason 70.7 percent of all adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And that's a problem one company hopes to change with the gamification of making food choices.

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., earlier this year, Atkins Nutritionals debuted a virtual reality game designed to help people learn to navigate the ups and downs of high-carb and low-carb foods.

It's called "Sugar Goggles." To play the game, you'll wear a virtual reality headset, and make your way through a maze of veins. The goal: Make the right food choices to maintain your energy level and keep going. Make the wrong choice, your blood sugar spikes, and you'll be penalized.

It's a progressive concept. But what would the health of America look like if more people knew the difference between high-glycemic foods and low-glycemic foods?

There's a good chance more people would choose a banana and whole-wheat bagel for breakfast instead of a couple donuts and an energy drink. And those kind of choices could ultimately help control and prevent obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and a long list of other chronic conditions linked to poor diet and lifestyle habits.

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